Nine streets – four gates – and a host of Chinese characters. Discover London’s Chinatown and support our special community with Chinatown Stories – the history walking tours only available from China Exchange.
Did you know London’s Chinatown was abbey lands before Henry VIII’s Reformation in the 1530s? Or that jazz club Ronnie Scott’s started in Gerrard Street? What do the gingko trees and red lampposts mean? Why did the Chinese community move from Limehouse to Soho? Who was Brilliant Chang? Find out when you join a Chinatown Stories tour to explore below the surface of this unique part of London.
We are now conducting the tour online. Our trained volunteer History Champions will lead the video-guided tours of Chinatown and share the area’s rich, layered and complex history of the neighbourhood. Virtual tours are £12 + VAT
What makes our tours so special?
- We keep our groups small so that you have a more personal experience
- Over 1.5 hours, we cover an in-depth history of the area including but not limited to the buildings and the symbols of Chinatown
- Chinatown Stories are led for the benefit of the community – all guides are trained community volunteers and a donation from each ticket supports charities operating in the area.
A 10% discount is available for five tickets or more booked in the same transaction. We can accommodate private groups by request. Email us to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our tours are in English. We can also offer tours in Cantonese or Mandarin for groups of 2 or more. Contact us to make arrangements.
Chinatown Stories: Community-Led Walking Tours is a project led by China Exchange, developed in partnership with the Museum of Soho and The Anglo Asiatic Arts and Heritage Alliance (AAAHA). The project has been supported by Chinatown London and Airbnb Experiences.
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This special edition of the Chinatown Stories virtual tour will be led to help fund the Champion London Chinatown’s Heritage campaign. The campaign aims to build the first permanent display of Chinese and ESEA heritage in London’s Chinatown, train new volunteer tour guides and create a food heritage trail in the area.
Donations from each ticket will still be made to Chinese Community Centres in Chinatown. The remaining proceeds will be donated to the campaign.